Why is attendance important?
Every day of education and indeed every lesson matters. In the National Curriculum where there is built in progression, children who are persistently late or absent soon get behind with learning and then do not understand current lessons when they return.
The introduction to a lesson and to the school day is crucial to the child’s understanding of their own learning. Children who miss school frequently will undoubtedly have gaps in their learning which will impede their progress and future ability to engage in lessons. This in turn has a knock on effect for their ability to concentrate and for their behaviour.
Frequent absence has a profound and cumulative effect on achievement.
If absence is unavoidable then the parent/carer should telephone the Academy in the morning of the first day of absence and every day thereafter. Phone calls should be made before 8.30am on each day of absence.
Holidays in term-time will never be authorised.
If there are exceptional circumstances such as a death in the family, parents should write to the Principal, Mr Neuberger, requesting a period of absence, clearly stating the reasons. He will then consider the request and write in response.